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MAN
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Man is the plumeless genus of bipeds, birds are the plumed.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Politicus
         (266)

Man is a wolf to man.
  [Lat., Homo homini lupus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Asinaria
         (II, 4, 88)

For man is a plant, not fixed in the earth, nor immovable, but heavenly, whose head, rising as it were from a root upwards, is turned towards heaven.
      - Plutarch

Mankind is unamendable.
      - Alexander Pope

The lot of man, to suffer and to die.
      - Alexander Pope

The proper study of mankind is man.
      - Alexander Pope

Vast chain of being, which from God began, Nature's ethereal, human, angel, man.
      - Alexander Pope

A minister, but still a man.
      - Alexander Pope, Epistle to James Craggs

So man, who here seems principal alone,
  Perhaps acts second to some sphere unknown
    Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal;
      'Tis but a part we see, and not a whole.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 57)

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
  The proper study of mankind is man.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 1)

Chaos of thought and passion all confused.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 13)

Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
  Still by himself abused and disabused;
    Created half to rise, and half to fall;
      Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
        Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled;
          The glory, jest and riddle of the world!
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 13)

Virtuous and vicious every man must be,
  Few in the extreme, but all in the degree.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 231)

An honest man's the noblest work of God.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 247)

No more was seen the human form divine.
      - Alexander Pope, Homer's Odyssey
         (bk. X, l. 278)

So, if unprejudiced you scan
  The going of this clock-work, man,
    You find a hundred movements made
      By fine devices in his head;
        But 'tis the stomach's solid stroke
          That tells his being what's o'clock.
      - Matthew Prior, Alma (pt. III, l. 272)

Man is the measure of all things.
      - Protagoras,
        quoted as his philosophical principle

That man is the measure of all things.
      - Protagoras, in Plato's "Theaetetus"

God hath given to mankind a common library, his creatures; and to every man a proper book, himself, being an abridgement of all the others: if thou read with understanding, it will make thee a great master of philosophy, and a true servant to the divine Author; if thou but barely read, it will make thee thy own wise man, and the Author's fool.
      - Francis Quarles

Man is man's A, B, C. There's none that can
  Read God aright, unless he first spell man.
      - Francis Quarles,
        Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man

God made man a little lower than the angels, and he has been getting a little lower ever since.
      - Will Rogers

But if, indeed, there be a nobler life in us than in these strangely moving atoms; if, indeed, there is an eternal difference between the fire which inhabits them, and that which animates us,--it must be shown, by each of us in his appointed place, not merely in the patience, but in the activity of our hope, not merely by our desire, but our labor, for the time when the dust of the generations of men shall be confirmed for foundations of the gates of the city of God.
      - John Ruskin

Now the basest thought possible concerning man is, that he has no spiritual nature; and the foolishest misunderstanding of him possible is, that he has, or should have, no animal nature. For his nature is nobly animal, nobly spiritual,--coherently and irrevocably so; neither part of it may, but at its peril, expel, despise, or defy the other.
      - John Ruskin

Man can be scientifically manipulated.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

It is an error to suppose that a man belongs to himself. No man does. He belongs to his wife, or his children, or his relations, or to his creditors, or to society in some form or other.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala


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